RIT astronomer uses NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope to study massive stars
This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar system.
The discovery of dusty disks--the building blocks of planets--around two of the most massive stars known suggests that planets might form and survive in surprisingly hostile environments.
The discovery was made through NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope observations of two hypergiant stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud--the Milky Ways nearest neighboring galaxy--by a team led by Joel Kastner, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technologys Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. His teams findings will appear in the Feb. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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